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Man acquitted of feeding homeless, city says it will continue enforcing law

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City Says They Will Continue Enforcing Mass Feeding Ordinance

ORANGE COUNTY, Fla. — The city of Orlando is vowing to continue enforcing its ban on mass feedings of the homeless at city parks, despite a major blow to the law in Orange County court.
Even though prosecutors had video and police testimony indicating Eric Montanez was breaking the law by feeding the homeless, he was found not guilty on Tuesday as the first person charged with violating a city ban on mass feedings of the homeless at city parks. It took the jury around three hours to return their verdict.Wednesday, five more ‘Food Not Bombs’ members will be in court for a pre-trial hearing.
Police released a statement saying the city will continue to enforce the ordinance. They said it’s needed to balance the needs and safety of residents visiting the park.Montanez, meanwhile, has vowed to continue feeding the homeless.

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Let me get this straight. Residents of Orlando who do not have homes cannot have their needs addressed in a safe public park, because their presence might hinder the needs and safety of other residents of Orlando who do have homes. Read the rest of this entry »

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October 13, 2007 at 6:02 pm

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What Merle Haggard understands about world affairs

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Remember Merle Haggard? If you’ve been around long enough to remember the Vietnam war—regardless where you came down on it—you remember Okie from Muskogee. I remember the chorus as “When you’re runnin’ down my country, boy, you’re walkin’ on the fightin’ side o’ me.”

Haggard, it turns out, is having second thoughts about the Right. Enjoyable writing by Joe Klein at Time documents the journey:

Merle Haggard“I supported George W. I’m not exactly a liberal. But I know how that Texas thing works, who those oil folks are and what they wanted in Iraq… I’m a born-again Christian too, but the longer I live, the more afraid I get of some of these religious groups that have so much influence on the Republicans and want to tell us how to live our lives.”

But Haggard’s greatest complaint is a matter of pride—and pride, in his hardscrabble past and his country, has always been his favorite song. “The thing that gets under my skin most about George W. is his intention to install fear in people,” Read the rest of this entry »

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October 13, 2007 at 1:04 pm